In a recent turn of events, Maui officials have issued clarification regarding reports that circulated claiming that Oprah Winfrey was denied entry into a shelter home for Maui wildfire victims. The incident allegedly occurred when she visited the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku with a CBS News crew in tow.
However, the County of Maui took to Facebook to set the record straight and provide their side of the story.According to the Facebook post, the county clarified that Oprah Winfrey was indeed able to visit the shelter and expressed their gratitude to her for instructing the media journalists and camera crews to remain outside. It was explained that the denial of entry was specifically for the CBS News crew, in accordance with the county’s policy of not allowing camera crews or reporters to accompany dignitaries and celebrities in emergency shelters.
The County of Maui expressed their appreciation for Oprah’s understanding and emphasized that her visit inside the shelter was truly heartwarming. They further underscored their policy of ensuring the privacy and comfort of all individuals seeking refuge in the emergency shelters, regardless of their status as dignitaries or celebrities. This clarification sheds light on the situation and provides a more accurate account of the events that unfolded. It is crucial to keep in mind the policies and guidelines set by local authorities during times of emergencies, as they are designed to maintain order and prioritize the well-being of those affected.